Wednesday, August 31, 2016
There's no doubt that when Jack Davis passed away last month that the comic art world lost one of its most popular and talented contributors. His work has long added a vivid luster to many publications, not least among them the many covers he provided for EC Comics and other great companies over the decades. Here are just some of the many great comic book covers by the late great Jack Davis.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Fifty years ago this month Charlton was nearing the apogee of its Silver Age greatness. Both Judomaster and Thunderbolt were established comics with fantastic artwork by Frank McLaughlin and Pete Morisi (P.A.M.) respectively. Sarge Steel neared the end of his impressive run, though the title change on the book to Secret Agent was a clear attempt to allow the noir detective to glom onto the espionage craze of the time. (It would be a full year before the tenth issue of the series appeared.) Shadows from Beyond appeared, the one and only issue of that title, but evidence that Charlton was keen to move further into that genre, having just launched Ghostly Tales a few months before. The cover by Steve Ditko is one of the great iconic Charlton covers of the era. Charlton's long-running Lil Genius wrapped up its venerable run though with a title change too. Summer Fun featured not only the Genius, but other Charlton kid features like oldie Atomic Mouse and the brand new Johnny Boy. The book seemed clearly to want to snag the market of parents looking for a comic for their kid to keep them occupied on some trip or other. I cannot see any kid being attracted to a comic by the label "Parents' Approved". It seems antithetical to all that reading comics was about.
More next month.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Picked up this handsome and handy collection of the earliest Marvel Fantastic Four adventures by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and Dick Ayers. These are the stories from Marvel before that was a thing, the vigor and energy of these early tales is palpable. I hope to read them with new eyes and enjoy and savor each installment.